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“People always say things like, “By saying that you’re Black, you’re disrespecting your father’s side;” and it’s like, my dad doesn’t feel disrespected because I identify as Black. The whole time my mom was trying to get me to be something else, my father was like, “Nah, you’re Black. It’s cool to be Black.” This is my White father telling me this! My father is happy to have raised a young Black man. It was a struggle clearly.  He doesn’t know what it’s like to be a Black man. But he doesn’t feel disrespected… But if anything, given who my mother was, it was my father who was the conduit to me feeling secure in my identity. And in my eyes, I owe him everything.”

Perry
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Biracial Black Man

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